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Date(s) - 2022 Jun 12
10:45 am - 03:30 pm


Judge Conference

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Hello Everyone,

Thank you for your interest in this mini con dedicated towards giving judges information on RCQs and beyond, or as I’ve dubbed it ” Bama Con Roll Tide Edition.”

Before reading further, please note that this conference will be in person, which means I physically need you there. I won’t be able to Zoom you in unfortunately.

While a lot of judges in the state did become newly certified over the course of the pandemic, a lot of judges also have decided to move away or step down from judging. With an event smack dab in the middle of the state, this would be a great opportunity to network and introduce yourself to other judges in the area, as well as see people you haven’t seen in a while.

With Alabama being a more rural state than others, the bulk of our events were in-store PPTQs. When these went away in 2018, the bulk of competitive events then became Tennessee and Atlanta with the occasional Birmingham event thrown in. As we return to a PPTQish type system, and with L2s not being required to run RCQs (as of this writing) I wanted to run a conference to help ready everyone for the influx of stores that will be wanting to run these comp rel events. There’s a big difference between FNM and a comp rel event, and my goal is to help you bridge that gap a little easier.

This conference won’t just be a run of the mill “deck checks and parts of the IPG”. While those are very important to know, We’ll be having presentations centered around running a medium sized comp rel event. Such as pre event info, talking with the TO before scheduling, work with another judge/working alone, understanding the structure, etc.

Date: June 12th

All times are in Central Standard Time CST

10:30-11:00 check in
11:00-11:10 – Intro, overview of system and how days gonna go
11:10-12:00 – Kyle Gorbski – Replacement Effects
12:10-13:00 – Cody Cone – Pre Event Logistics
13:10-14:00 – Amin Sadri – Dreamhack 2019. The good, bad, and ugly
14:10-15:00 – Matt Dale – Deck Check Workshop ft. Your Hands
15:00-15:30 – final remarks/distribution

We’ll assess interest in judge dinner closer to the event, but with it being on a Sunday night, i’m sure there won’t be a shortage of people trying to get back home as soon as possible for the work week.


Priority will be given to in region judges. The application will ask for a cover letter. Give me a 3rd grader level paragraph explaining why you want to attend. Also tell me your favorite vegetable so I know you read this far. If you’re keto, please see yourself out. Or just tell me why it’s those zero calorie noodles.

I am also looking for a couple of presenters. Please send me an email with your presentation topic and previous experience you have presenting. I’m asking for presentations to be sent to me a week before the conference so that I can proof read them and make sure they’ll work properly with our presentation software. Remember the target audience here, of L1s wanting to move into comp rel events and bridging that vast gap from FNM to potential HJ of a 20-30 player comp rel event. Presenters will be chosen 3 weeks before the conference (5/22/22)


Masks are not required at this time. However, if the store owner and I decide that it’s a good idea, then we’ll be requiring them. There’ll be a definitive answer the day before. I will have disposables with me to use at your leisure.

Event Notifications: 

I will be posting this event to the JA discord. As far as official announcements pertaining to it though, please keep up with the Judge Academy event forum for all announcements pertaining to this event.

This event is foil supported. In order to receive support you must:

Apply and be accepted to this event

Be a JA certified L1 or higher at the time of application close (5/29/22)

Attend all four presentations

Fill out meaningful feedback on at least one presentation



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